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By Fred Mitchell

Andre Dawson said he is "disappointed" that the Hall of Fame has decided to have him wear a Montreal Expos cap instead of a Cubs cap when he is formally inducted July 25 in Cooperstown, N.Y.

As first reported in the Tribune on Tuesday night when Dawson sent a text message after  the annual B.A.T. Dinner at the Marriott Marquis in New York, the 1987 National League Most Valuable Player will join former Expo Gary Carter as that former franchise's only Hall of Fame representatives.

"The Hall had made the decision that they were going to allow themselves some time to make a determination," Dawson said Wednesday on the "Waddle & Silvy Show " on WMVP-AM 1000. "And I obviously felt that it was probably something that it would give me the benefit of the doubt and at least consider the Chicago Cubs.

Photo: The Hall of Fame ruled that Andre Dawson will wear an Expos hat on his plaque. (Jeff Golden/AP)

"I know the difference in the 10 (full seasons in Montreal) and six years (with the Cubs) probably was something of consideration on their part. But I tried to explain... perhaps the impact of what really catapulted me to Hall of Fame status and pretty much what my preference was. I think their decision had been made and it was a little gut-wrenching for me to hear that. But it was their decision and I respect that. From there I guess I will move on.


"I'm disappointed. I can proudly say that, because Chicago was my preference," said Dawson. "I thought I would have had a little more input. ... I would carry or merit some sort of weight. But, again, I received a letter prior to the voting and it was my understanding that they would make the determination."

The Hall of Fame Museum made the decision official Wednesday morning through a press release.

"The plaque of BBWAA-electee Andre Dawson will feature an Expos logo, though the Cubs, Red Sox and Marlins will all be listed as other teams for which he played," the statement read in part. "Veterans Committee electee Whitey Herzog's plaque will feature a Cardinals logo, and the Royals, Rangers and Angels will all be listed. The plaque of fellow Veterans Committee electee Doug Harvey will not feature a logo on his cap, as the ninth umpire elected to Cooperstown.

"The choice of which team logo appears on a player's plaque is the Museum's decision, though the wishes of an inductee are always considered. As the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum is a history museum, it is important that the logo be emblematic of where the player made his greatest impact. A player's election to the Hall of Fame, however, is a career achievement. As such, every team for whom he played is listed on the plaque."

Dawson, whose major-league career spanned 21 seasons, spent his first 11 years in Montreal (1977-1986), recording 1,575 of his 2,774 hits as an Expo, while winning six Gold Glove Awards, finishing in the top 10 in Most Valuable Player voting three times, collecting seven seasons of 20 or more home runs, stealing 30 or more bases in four seasons and recording three seasons with a batting average of .300 or better. Dawson was named the 1977 N.L. Rookie of the Year in Montreal and led the Expos to their only postseason series win with a five-game victory over the Phillies in the 1981 N.L. Division Series. 

Dawson also played six seasons in Chicago (1987-1992), winning the 1987 N.L. MVP while earning five All-Star Game selections, before logging two years with Boston (1993-1994) and two seasons with the Florida Marlins (1995-1996).

"Andre Dawson's Hall of Fame career belongs to every one of his fans, in every city across the country," said Jeff Idelson, President of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. "The logo selection is only important from an historical standpoint, as the Museum has a responsibility to properly interpret the game's history. Every Hall of Fame plaque lists all of the teams where an electee played or managed. Fans of 'The Hawk' in every city in which he played should claim Andre as one of their own."

Dawson's official statement issued by the Hall of Fame also acknowledged fans in Montreal, Boston and South Florida.

"I respect the Hall of Fame's decision to put an Expos logo on my cap, and I understand their responsibility to make sure the logo represents the greatest impact in my career," Dawson said in a statement. "Cubs fans will always be incredibly important in my heart, and I owe them so much for making my time in Chicago memorable, as did the fans in Montreal, Boston and South Florida, my home. But knowing that I'm on the Hall of Fame team is what's most important, as it is the highest honor I could imagine."

24 Comments

Mike Dupuis on January 27, 2010 3:10 PM

Morris Burns,

There's a reason why people were not going to the baseball games anymore. MLB is responsible for the Montreal fiasco.
Jeffrey Loria bought the team to destroy it. Now he's working hard to do the same in Florida. You just don't know what you're talking about!!

PistolPete44 on January 27, 2010 2:43 PM

Hey, just getting in is GREAT FOR HIM. Valentine, Cromartie, and DAWSON, now that was a heck of an outfield
for the Expos. Too bad that Big Mac cannot figure out how
to get in the hall, especially from a gentleman like Andre.

Max Richer on January 27, 2010 2:37 PM

So disappointed by Dawson's comments... he was a very popular figure in Montréal back in the days... MLB should change their decision now, Montréal does not want him to wear the cap anymore.

Richard Fetswell on January 27, 2010 1:35 PM

Raultney Stoddard:

I appreciate your thoughts. As a Cubs fan I appreciate a cessation of hostilities from time to time.

Ridiculous! on January 27, 2010 12:59 PM

MLB and the Hall of Fame are a joke...If he played for another team for only a year or so at the end of his career, fine...but he sees himself as a Cub. They have their heads so far up their own selves that they make decisions that are illogical. Hall of Fames in general are a joke, but this is just stupid. I am not a huge cubs fan, but this makes no sense.

Am I ever going to get banned from this website? No one notices me, not even when I type bad words. I'm trying my hardest dammit!

Mike B if you think Andre is whining then you really are an idiot. The Hall is telling him what to do and that's ridiculous, if the Hall wants to induct him fine but when it comes down to what cap he wants to wear the decision should be his and his alone. I don't blame Andre one bit for being disappointed.

Nice job you just cost yourselves lots of money......because none will be in Cooperstown for the ceremony now

Alright! Chalk one up for Montreal. Montreal was one hell of a team to watch during that period and frankly made a greater contribution there than in Chicago.

Alright! Chalk one up for Montreal. Montreal was one hell of a team to watch during that period and frankly made a greater contribution there than in Chicago.

littlesnotnosedtommy on January 27, 2010 12:16 PM

To donotlie -

WHAT LANGUAGE YOU SPEAK?

ME NO CUB FAN - ME NOT WANT DAWSON GO CUB

ME GO CELL PARK - SPEAK OZZIE - HIM GREAT ENGLISH SPEAK GOOD

Good grief Charlie Brown !!!

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Objective Informed Person on January 27, 2010 12:07 PM

Read much, Mike B?

Mike B on January 27, 2010 11:58 AM
"Andre should quit his whinning and be happy he got into the HOF...Now he's just an ungrateful over the hill has been. Shame on you for bringing yourself down so low."

What article(s) are you reading?! From what I read above (and heard/read elsewhere), the Hawk is a bit disappointed but, as always, conducts himself in a respectful and professional manner. The label you attempt to place upon him ("ungrateful over the hill has been") couldn't be further from the truth. Anyone who is familiar with Andre (or baseball for that matter) and can read would know better.

Andre should quit his whinning and be happy he got into the HOF. I had the pleasure of watching him play in Montreal growing up and I loved him. I was happy he made it in, until now. It's not like he wasn't a star in Montreal, he was just ignored by the "American" fans and the "American" media because of where he played. Don't take it out on the fans and the team. Now he's just an ungrateful over the hill has been. Shame on you for bringing yourself down so low.

greg maddux will go in as a brave and they retired his number. so they should have one of those cool number retirement ceremonys for andre. those help us forget about the team we have on the field for a day

Morris Burns on January 27, 2010 11:55 AM

I guess the Hall of Fame does not take into consideration the fact that by their lack of attendance, the fans of the Expos chose to abandon Major League baseball.

Wouldn't surprise me if the Cubs number retirement deal influenced the decision. It wouldn't be out of character for the peevish HOF to thumb their nose at the Cubs for trying to influence the decision.

This is a joke. Take a look at Reggie Jackson's career...yet he goes in as a Yankee? Dawson should be a Cub!

dr. michael stein on January 27, 2010 11:46 AM

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haydesigner on January 27, 2010 11:40 AM

Wasn't Dawson the one going around at the end of his career saying that if he got in the HOF, he'd wear the cap of whatever team signed him last, as a shameless ploy to get a contract?

I may be mis-remembering... but if so, perhaps this is a direct reaction against such shameless pandering.

Dawson is my favorite all time Cub. Nevertheless, the Expos teams he was on in the 70s and 80s were among the best never to make it to the Series and they deserve to be recognized from a historical perspective.

Raultney Stoddard on January 27, 2010 11:29 AM

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Can't wait to see if the cubs are still planning on retiring his number? If they don't they are classless.

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Raultney Stoddard on January 27, 2010 11:01 AM

I am a lifelong Chicago White Sox fan, and not particularly fond of the Cubs. But this really disappoints me. If the man wants to go in wearing a particular hat, he ought to be able to do so. The Hall of Fame is to honor individual performance over a career. If Dawson feels that his time with the Cubs best captures what got him there, he ought to be able to wear that hat. Way to go HOF; honor the man, but don't respect his wishes. You put the "ass" in "class" my friends.

Jakevalenti on January 27, 2010 10:52 AM

Except when the question is, How many Cubs are in the Hall of Fame? He's not one of them!

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